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"I really believe in the next 10 years that women’s football is going to be a collegiate sport"

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Monday, April 2, 2012 at 11:21am EDT

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Miami Dolphins High School Football Jamboree

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Davie, FL – Today was a great day for women’s athletics in South Florida when the Miami Dolphins hosted over 400 female athletes at the team’s indoor training facility in Davie for the Girls High School Flag Jamboree Presented by Under Armour. The day featured 13 games featuring some of the top programs in the area. 

“It was an amazing day.” said Twan Russell, Miami Dolphins Director of Youth and Community Programs. “Anytime you get 400 ladies in a room playing football at the Dolphins facility, it is a great day for the organization. This is one of our prouder achievements because we were here since the beginning. It is just exciting to see how women’s football has evolved and changed. I really believe in the next 10 years that women’s football is going to be a collegiate sport and it is going to explode because women really want to play the game.”

The games were a joint effort with the Miami Dolphins and Broward County Athletic Association (BCAA). Started in 1997 with six teams, the Jamboree has grown to amazing heights.

“We have had a great partnership with the Miami Dolphins,” said Rocky Gillis, BCAA County Athletic Director. “Today was very important because it gives our students great exposure. They were very excited to walk through the door and go onto the field. This was a very unique experience and we are fortunate to be part of this great day.”

The format allowed for interesting matchups that coaches said will serve their teams well as they progress through the year.

“The Jamboree is always great because you get to play teams you wouldn’t otherwise see in the season,” said Steve Leland, Head Coach, Cypress Bay High School. “It gives the girls a chance to watch the other teams as well. It’s great for the girls to come out and be on the field. They looks at is a real opportunity. It is the big time for them.”

Other participants in today’s games said this was an experience that they would never forget.

“I have never stepped foot on the Miami Dolphins field,” said Jasmine Green from Plantation High School. “I actually felt special being out here.”

“It was an incredible experience to be here knowing that this is where all the action is with the Miami Dolphins,” added Chelsea Mills from Northeast High School in Oakland Park. “It was just an honor to play a competitive sport. A lot of people say that girls shouldn’t play football, but we get to show that we do belong and can take part in the game. “

Game Results

Time Teams/Score

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Coral Glades 13, Plantation 0; Monarch 7, Miramar 6

10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Coconut Creek 20, South Broward 0; Northeast 7, Flanagan 0 (2OTs) 

11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Pines Charter 18, Deerfield 6

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Boyd Anderson 24, McArthur 18 (3OTs); Fort Lauderdale 32, Cooper City 6

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Taravella 12, Cypress Bay 6; Blanche Ely 6, Stranahan 0

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Everglades 32, South Plantation 0; Hallandale 7, Nova 0

4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Western 44, Coral Springs 0; West Broward 26, Piper 6

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